The BEST women: Struggles & Survival

Recently we were invited by the Rotary group of Deonar President, Rtn. Vidhya Subramanian to take a BEST bus ride with her and the other rotary members and also attend a felicitation function afterwards. It was not just any regular ride and felicitation. The 42 meters long BEST was not only driven by a woman…Read More

Reminiscences from a child of Migrants

Having lived abroad for 38 long years, it was time to return home tospend our Silver Years. It was a no brainer that Chembur would be ourfinal destination, the place where I was born and the sanctuary where Ispent my childhood and better part of my youth. The pandemic and thesubsequent lockdown played spoilsport for…Read More

Unsung heroes of Chembur – Zipwalla

Do you have a suitcase with a missing caster or strap? Is the zipper of your wallet or handbag jammed? Never fear! All you need to do is visit Chembur’s expert ‘bag repairer,’ located at the Janata Market, close to the Chembur local railway station. ‘Ravi Bag Repair,’ is run by two brothers, Raj Guru…Read More

Power of Chanting

This morning, to my surprise, I was woken up by the sounds of vedic chants playing in my mind. I am not a very religious person. I do pray but my knowledge of vedic chants is limited to a few that I have grown up reciting every day as prayers in school. I recently had…Read More

Working to fulfill a dream – AP MANI AND SONS

Nagesh Nadar is someone who has inspired me, though he is not a friend or dear one. He is an ordinary person -a vegetable seller in Chembur. As a poor thirteen year old boy, he helped his father Pichamani Nadar hawk vegetables in Chembur, Mumbai. His younger brother Sureshjoined him in this trade a few…Read More